Guinness Chili

Anytime I make something my husband can eat with chunks of bread, he pretends he’s “Braveheart” and says things like “Mmmmmm” and “Aye.”  This dish will feed 6-8 people in big bowls, unless my husband’s eating with you.  Then it’ll be more like 4.  You can double the recipe to make a larger batch.  You can adjust the spice level to accommodate your palate.  Serve with warm, crusty bread and an ice-cold beer.  Enjoy!

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs ground beef (I use 80%)
  • 2 15.5 oz cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 bottle of Guinness (Dark beer works best for taste, but if you don’t have it any bottle of beer will do.)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 med onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 oz of extra sharp cheddar cheese (Or whatever type of cheese you like best.)

What to do:

  • In a med pot over med-low heat add oil.
  • Chop onions, peppers, and garlic and add to pot.
  • Add chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  • In a separate pan, brown meat, drain and add to pot with peppers, onions, garlic and spices.  Mix well.
  • Add crushed tomatoes. Stir well.
  • Add bottle of beer.
  • Add kidney beans.
  • Add parmesan cheese.  Stir well and simmer for 15-20 mins.
  • Grate sharp cheese and serve on top of chili.

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